The Performing Body will kick off with a couple of live performances, including "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," a collaboration between Nengudi and local performance artists and audience members, who will be invited to try on a pair of shoes belonging to someone else. “The premise behind it is that it really is different to walk in other peoples' shoes, which brings up the life-experience conversation,” explains RedLine director Louise Martorano, who adds that Nengudi, who got her start decades ago with Chicago's Studio Z collective, fits into the gallery's year-long objective as a groundbreaking artist who was one of the first to break barriers in the art world. “It was an L.A.-based group of artists who were interested in taking art off the walls and into the street,” she notes, “in a time when it was hard for both African-Americans and women to get into museums.”
The Performing Body remains on view at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street, through July 20. Admission is free; for more information and a preview of what's still to come in the gallery's She Crossed the Line 2014 exhibition series, go to redlineart.org.
Fri., June 6, 7-10 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 6. Continues through July 20, 2014